The Facts About Bed Sharing
Bed sharing, defined as sleeping on the same surface as your baby, is quite common. According to a 2013 Safe Kids USA/American Baby survey of more than 4,500 new moms, 65 percent of moms have slept in bed with their infant; and of those, 38% do so regularly. Proponents say that sleeping next to baby promotes bonding, easier breastfeeding and better sleep for both mom and baby. However, bed sharing can be dangerous: about half of all infant suffocation deaths happen in an adult bed and, when compared with sleeping in a separate space like a crib, the overall death rate is more than 40 times higher for babies who sleep with a parent.
The HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper is a safe and convenient alternative to bed sharing. Its unique design allows you to sleep as close to your baby as you want while still having him sleep safely in his own separate sleep space. You can easily see, soothe and lift your baby while you’re still in bed – all of which promotes bonding, easier nighttime nursing, and better, SAFER sleep for both of you.
Below are some additional facts about bed sharing, as well as some helpful links for more information:
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents room share, but not bed share. Room-sharing has been linked to a reduced risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Accidental suffocation accounts for nearly 1,000 infant deaths every year in the U.S.
- According to the American Journal of Public Health, 64% of the infant deaths occurred when the babies were sharing a sleep surface with someone else. While only 11% of expectant moms plan to bed-share, 65% resort to it after the baby is born.